The national suicide bereavement support charity, HUGG, is currently recruiting volunteers across the country.
HUGG supports adults who have been bereaved by suicide by reducing isolation and stigma and promoting resilience and healing.
HUGG provides a free, non-judgmental, and safe space where people bereaved by suicide can share their experiences and feelings, and receive and offer support to each other.
HUGG support groups take place every second Tuesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm, in-person and/or online. The groups are facilitated by trained volunteers with lived experience of suicide loss.
Bereavement by suicide shares characteristics with other bereavements but it is also different. Having lived experience of suicide bereavement, a requirement for becoming a HUGG group facilitator, ensures a better understanding and appreciation of the emotions and trauma group members may be going through.
HUGG provide facilitator training, mentoring and on-going support to all of its volunteers.
Are you interested in volunteering with HUGG?
• Have you been bereaved by suicide for 3 years or more, and are over the age of 21?
• Do you have good inter-personal skills, and enjoy working as part of a team?
• Do you feel you would be a good co-facilitator?
• Are you open and accepting to people of other cultures, beliefs and sexual orientation?
• Are you open to developing suicide prevention skills?
• Are you willing to undergo online training over 1 weekend with HUGG to develop facilitation skills?
The live volunteer information session on September 28 next will provide a brief background on HUGG, and details on everything involved in volunteering with HUGG, including the training and supports on offer.
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. This session will not be recorded.
You can register for the information session via this LINK.
To learn more please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hugg.ie